The House That Spied on Me

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
February 7 2018
Kashmir Hill (creator)
Surya Mattu (creator)
Persuasive Intent
"In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed."

"Yes, I am basically Kashmir’s sentient home. Kashmir wanted to know what it would be like to live in a smart home and I wanted to find out what the digital emissions from that home would reveal about her. Cybersecurity wasn’t my focus. (I wasn’t interested in hacking her sex toy or any of her other belongings.) Privacy was. What could I tell about the patterns of her and her family’s life by passively gathering the data trails from her belongings? How often were the devices talking? Could I tell what the people inside were doing on an hourly basis based on what I saw?"
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Not On The Body

Date archived
September 13 2018
Last edited
January 28 2019
How to cite this entry
Kashmir Hill, Surya Mattu. (February 7 2018). "The House That Spied on Me". Gizmodo. Gizmodo. Fabric of Digital Life.